A new year means a fresh beginning. This is the perfect time to set New Year goals. If healthy eating is one of your primary New Year resolutions, this is the right article for you. Here are the 7 nutrition, New Year resolutions for a healthy 2017.
7 Nutrition Resolutions for a Healthy 2017.
1. Add Vegetables to Your Breakfast.
As a nutrition expert, one healthy habit I can recommend to you in 2017 and any years ahead is that you should aim to incorporate non-starchy vegetables to your breakfast. This habit is easier to do during dinner and lunch time for most people than for breakfast. Besides being important sources of many nutrients like folate, fiber, vitamins and minerals, vegetables are also low in calories and fat. What’s more? Vegetables have no cholesterol.
2. Reduce Your Intake of Synthetic and Refined Sugar.
The most popular synthetic sugar is aspartame. This artificial sweetener is used as a substitute for normal sugar in some processed drinks and foods. Synthetic sugars lead to acidity/ inflammation and the creation of more fat cells. On the other hand, white refined sugar steals the ability of your white blood cells to control bacteria hence weakening your immune system. Refined sugars also encourage addiction to eating foods devoid of minerals, fiber, and vitamins.
3. Try Mindful Eating
You might have found yourself rushing through meals without any definite plan in 2016. In 2017, take more time to plan, prepare, taste and appreciate every meal that goes to your mouth. Remember, healthy eating is such a delightful sensory privilege and experience. Practicing mindful eating will not only assist you to manage your weight, but also your digestion for long-term health benefits.
4. Meal Planning
Write down what you eat daily and the time of your food intake on a weekly basis. Learning how to meal plan will not only help you to save money but also to eat better and save time during the week.
5. Eat More Probiotics and Prebiotics.
Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible food components that assist in promoting the healthy growth of beneficial bacteria in your intestines. Prebiotics are found in foods like asparagus, leeks, bananas, onions, whole wheat bread, and garlic. Probiotics, on the other hand, are active cultures that encourage the growth of intestinal bacteria to balance gut flora. Taking the best probiotics helps to improve your immunity as well as the health of your gastrointestinal system. Probiotics are found in foods like miso, yogurt, kefir, tempeh, and kimchi.
6. Prepare Your Meals
Around holidays, most people tend to eat out at other people’s homes and at restaurants. When you are not the one preparing your meals, you have little control over what you are eating. Eating out on frequent basis intentionally leads to the consumption of extra sugar, salt, and fat. Make 2017 a cook-at-home year for healthy living.
7. Consume two to three Pieces of Fruit Daily and Regulate Sweets.
Make it your mission this year to eat two-three pieces of fruit daily. Consider taking oranges, apples, pears, berries, clementine and more. Eat one piece with your lunch and another as part of your daily evening snack. Additionally, aim to create an environment in which you can eat fewer sweets or no sweets at all.
Wrapping it up…
2017 is a year of change for healthy eating and living. Apart from implementing the seven nutrition, New Year resolutions; ensure you drink more water, join a gym and sleep for at least seven hours every night. Happy New Year Greetings!